1. Game's 'Jesus Piece' Album Coming in December

    November 20, 2012 1:15 PM EST Kanye West, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz and many more guest on the LP. "Jesus Piece," Game's fifth studio album, is set for a Dec. 11 release on Interscope Records. The official album artwork and track list to the rapper's "R.E.D. Album" follow-up were released on…

  2. Brandy & Reps Talk 'Two Eleven' Album & Four-Year Hiatus

    October 12, 2012 2:15 PM EDT After spending the four years since 2008's "Human" (Epic Records) largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran'Nu -- Brandy Norwood is making a return to her R&B roots on the melodic, vocal-driven "Two Eleven,"…

  3. Rapper Webbie Arrested on Battery and Robbery Charges

    September 13, 2012 9:56 PM EDT Baton Rouge rapper Webbie has been arrested in his hometown, local affiliate NBC33 News reported . The MC, whose real name is Webster Gradney Jr., allegedly attacked a woman and stole her purse, taking a reported $340 after allegedly kicking and pushing her down two flights of stairs. Webbie…

  4. Ask Billboard: Nicki Minaj Ties Hot 100 Record

    July 07, 2012 12:05 AM EDT Find out the details about Minaj's achievement, plus fun facts on LMFAO's still-going 'Party' and David Guetta's extremely hot hit. Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general…

  5. Kanye West's 20 Best Lyrics About Cars

    July 05, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Between his clothing line, love life, and whatever his company DONDA is to be, 10. "Gold Digger" feat. Jamie Foxx (2005) "But while y'all washing, watch him / He gone make it to a Benz out of that Datson" On a somewhat-related-but-maybe-not-really note: Kanye made a…

  6. 2012 BET Awards: Best Beyonce, Jay-Z, & Kanye West Emoments

    July 02, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Last night's 2012 BET Awards show undoubtedly belonged to the Carters ( Beyoncé and Jay-Z ) as well as Jay's Throne buddy Kanye West . Aside from the countless nominations and wins between all three -- Best Female R&B Artist, Best Group, Video Director of the Year, Video of the…

  7. BET Awards 2012: Whitney Houston Tribute Marks Emotional High

    July 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT With all the star power at the BET Awards - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - the most stirring moment came not from a superstar, but from the mother of one. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy provided the emotional highlight of Sunday's…

  8. T-Pain Talks Charity Concert, '5 O'Clock' Grammy Snub

    February 10, 2012 3:25 PM EST Between promoting his latest album "rEVOLVEr," hosting another benefit concert in his native Tallahassee this March and participating in Guitar Center's "Your Next Record" program, T-Pain is in store for a hectic 2012. Yet as the Grammy Awards approach this weekend,…

  9. Ask Billboard: What Should Lady Gaga's Next Single Be?

    January 23, 2012 3:05 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. WHAT SHOULD LADY…

  10. Jay-Z, Will.i.am Among Music Stars on Obama Campaign Wish List

    January 17, 2012 7:09 PM EST President Obama's 2008 campaign earned plenty of help from the music world -- and now it appears he's asking for its aid again as he gears up for this year's re-election campaign. A list of potential celebrity endorsers given to campaign donors leaked to Nashville newspaper the…

  11. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Hits Fourth Week at No. 1

    December 21, 2011 11:00 AM EST To the surprise of no one, recent "Saturday Night Live" guest Michael Buble spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with "Christmas," selling 448,000 (down 7%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. Released two months ago, the album has sold 1.96 million…

  12. Chart Juice: Kanye West and Jay-Z Earn First 'Watch the Throne' No. 1 Single

    November 03, 2011 1:10 PM EDT "Ni**as in Paris" becomes the first song from Kanye West and Jay-Z 's collaborative album "Watch the Throne" to reach No. 1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as the song rises 2-1. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne': Track-by-Track…

  13. Tyrese Returns to Music With Assists From Rick Ross, T.I. -- And His Own Label

    October 28, 2011 3:15 PM EDT After a tumultuous hiatus from music, filled with a "nasty divorce," successful international film debuts and a departure from his record label, Tyrese Gibson returns with a new album that he says is the best of his career. "Open Invitation," arriving Nov. 1 on the singer…

  14. Chart Juice: Drake Vaults 50 Spots on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    October 28, 2011 12:30 PM EDT It's been quite a birthday week for Drake . The same week Drake turns 25 years old (Oct. 24), the rapper earns Greatest Gainer honors on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as "Make Me Proud," featuring Nicki Minaj , blasts 50 spots from No. 94 to No. 44. That's…

  15. Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Kicks Off in Wales

    October 08, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Three generations of Michael Jackson's family -- with a few notable absentees -- joined an eclectic roster of entertainers Saturday to pay tribute to the King of Pop, a celebration of the late star's life overshadowed by the Los Angeles manslaughter trial of his doctor. On a stage…

  16. Michael Jackson Tribute 10,000 Short of a Sell-Out

    October 07, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Organizers of Saturday's Michael Jackson tribute event in Cardiff, Wales announced they've sold 40,000 tickets ahead of the Millennium Stadium concert, short of a sellout. "I'm excited about tomorrow's event, especially with ticket sales going so well," said…

  17. Black Eyed Peas to Play at Michael Jackson Tribute

    September 23, 2011 3:30 PM EDT The Black Eyed Peas will perform at next month's Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales. They'll join Christina Aguilera , Smokey Robinson and Cee Lo Green at the "Michael Forever" show. Frontman Will.i.am -- who worked with Jackson before the pop star's death in…

  18. Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Has a Host: Jamie Foxx

    September 12, 2011 5:42 PM EDT Jamie Foxx has been named to host the Michael Jackson tribute concert planned for October in Wales. Foxx's spokesman said Monday that the Oscar-winning star of "Ray" would host "Michael Forever - The Tribute Concert." It is scheduled for Oct. 8 in Cardiff, Wales. Fans…

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: Pitbull, Jill Scott, Weird Al Yankovic

    June 30, 2011 7:55 PM EDT PET SOUNDS: Dog days are just beginning atop the Billboard Hot 100 , as Pitbull celebrates his first No. 1 with "Give Me Everything," featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer. In anticipation of the Miami rapper's ascension to the apex, Chart Beat reader and frequent contributor…

  20. Pitbull, "Planet Pit"

    June 24, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Colombia has a dish called salpicon, where finely chopped fruit is mixed with its juice. It's similar to Pitbull's newest album, "Planet Pit," which blends everything but the kitchen sink in a frenetic jumble that's facile yet unadulterated fun. He borrows widely,…

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